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Shelter Animal Reiki Association:

Shelter Animal Reiki Association all began with a passion to help rescued animals

Kathleen Prasad has a passion for helping rescued animals, and she began volunteering Reiki in local shelters very early on after she learned Reiki. The wonderful responses and amazing healing she witnessed, especially from abused and traumatized animals, inspired her to devote her life to animal Reiki practice and teaching!

Near her home in northern California, Kathleen teaches classes at two nonprofit organizations: Lily’s Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary in Petaluma and Square Peg Foundation at Cadence Farm in Sonoma.

Kathleen also travels the world to shelters and sanctuaries in order to share, teach and fundraise.

To spread the peace and light of animal Reiki around the world, Kathleen travels a few times a year to teach Reiki 3 at other sanctuaries and shelters. Her travels have taken her to places such as Catskill Animal Sanctuary in New York, Best Friends Animal Society in Utah, the CARE Foundation in Florida, Animal Haven in New York, Chenoa Manor in Pennsylvania, Talking Horse Ranch in Arizona, The Devoted Barn in Michigan, Remus Memorial Horse Sanctuary in England and Cat Protection Society in Australia. These classes are also a great way to financially support the animals, as Kathleen donates a portion of class profits to the hosting organization. If you’d like to host Kathleen at your animal nonprofit, send her an email.

Kathleen was inspired to help her students reach out in a professional way to volunteer Reiki for rescued animals as well as educate and support the staff of shelters and sanctuaries with Animal Reiki: so she co-founded Shelter Animal Reiki Association (SARA).

Kathleen wanted to empower her students to be able to create a successful partnership of Animal Reiki volunteering and teaching, such as she created at her beloved BrightHaven Ranch (a senior special needs sanctuary and hospice in northern California where she taught Animal Reiki for 13 years). In order to do so, she co-founded The Shelter Animal Reiki Association (a 501(c)3 nonprofit) in 2008 with Leah D’Ambrosio.

SARA is a worldwide grassroots organization dedicated to improving the lives of rescued animals and their caregivers.

At the heart of our work is the proprietary Let Animals Lead® method of meditation that relieves stress in rescued animals. Our method teaches people how to hold space for animals in an open compassionate way that inspires peace and trust in the animals they care for. Since our inception in 2008, our highly trained members have brought peace and calm to thousands of animals in hundreds of shelters, sanctuaries and rescues around the world.

It is our vision that peace is possible in every moment, and we bring this peace into being through our unique and specialized meditation practice, tailored to be gentle enough for every animal, no matter their species, background or sensitivity.

The SARA Way

SARA currently has over 200 members around the world. SARA supports its members with a variety of professional and educational materials as well as monthly meetings by webinar. All members follow “The SARA Way,” a commitment to daily spiritual practice that incorporates compassion, humility and respect for animals and follows the Let Animals Lead® method of Reiki practice. To protect the professionalism and integrity of the organization, in order to be invited to join SARA, students must get certified with Kathleen Prasad, Leah D’Ambrosio or any SARA Teacher. If you’d like to join SARA and be a part of a community with a passion for sharing Reiki with rescued animals, check out Kathleen’s upcoming classes page. Join the movement and become an Animal Reiki Ambassador for rescued animals today!

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